Top 10 Elementary Warm-ups
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet.
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English.
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students
  • Country Matching Card Game and Quiz This is a powerpoint quiz meant as a lead in for a concentration style card game.
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter
  • Doink In this fast-paced gesture game, students throw a Doink ball around the room acting out various adjectives.
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.
  • Who am I? Quiz A three-hint-quiz type of game where students have to guess the character being described. Perfect activity for We Can! 2 Unit 3 "He is Famous. She is great."
  • Portrait (Funny Drawing Activity) This activity can be used as a practice for "How many ~?" lesson. Students have a good laugh at their final outputs. Activity can be done by pair or small groups.
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
Bomber Man

Students answer questions to force their classmates to sit down or stand up.


Students aim to think of many words associated with a topic.

Chalkboard Bingo

Students write words in their notebooks hoping to score a bingo.

Basic Janken Race

Simple and adaptable pair activity

Weather Race

A speak and race activity. It could also be a writing activity.

You Must Commands

Short pair activity. Good as a warm up.

Ping Pong Pang

Students play an adapted version of the popular drinking game (a point that should NOT be made in class).

Get It Wrong To Win

Students must answer the questions wrong (but grammatically correct) to win!

You Have

Get students predicting and practicing "you have" in this rhythmical one-on-one game.

Hidden Numbers Challenge

Find the hidden numbers and practice speaking them.

Printable playing cards

If you don't want to spend money on a bunch of card decks, print these out instead!

Week Time Race

Each student in turn says one day of the week in order. The class races to beat their time.

The Guests

Students listen to a scary story and reach for an eraser when they hear the target word.

Go Fish

Students walk around playing Janken and asking for target vocabulary cards.

Simon Says

A game in which students perform actions according to the teacher's commands, but only if the command is followed by the phrase, "Simon says."

Small Talk Board Game

A basic boardgame to practice making questions

Pronunciation Pyramid Mummys

This activity is to help the students with difficult minimal pairs. It is a good warm


The ALT says a number and the students must jump that many times.

Criss Cross

Students race to answer questions in hopes of sitting down before their friends.

Occupations Relative Pronouns Karuta and Stuff

Practice the 'who' relative pronoun